I host a gaming group in my town, which is awesome, and at a recent meetup, a fellow gamer was interested in Boss Monster
and asked me if they could borrow my copy of it. Always happy to spread the board game love, I agreed. When the game was returned to me a fortnight later, it was in excellent condition, except that some of the cards were covered in sticky chocolatey fingerprints
It became clear that in order to curtail continual contamination of my cardboard curios, I had two choices. Either:
- sleeve the cards of any game that I let anyone borrow in the future, or
- become a jerk and never let anyone borrow a game of mine ever again.
Well, of course
I went with Option B. It didn’t cost anything. Unfortunately, it turned out that this approach wouldn't work after all, because apparently it’s not physically possible for me to become a bigger jerk than I already am. So, until modern medicine develops a way for the human psyche to harbor a little more depravity, it was back to Option A.
I started researching card sleeves, and soon found that there’s quite a few different types available. New problem: how could I choose one brand of sleeves for my cards when I knew that there are other card sleeves out there that I hadn’t tried, which may sleeve my cards better than the sleeves I had selected? (Facial tick.) Long story short, yeah, I bought a bunch of different card sleeves. Here’s a comparison of what I found.
It’s a Component Proponent Component Competition: A side by side comparison of three commonly recommended card sleeves: Fantasy Flight vs. Ultra Pro vs. Dragon Shield!
Bonus item: Ultra Pro Penny Sleeves
So there you have it, a comparison of three quality card sleeves, and penny sleeves too. Which card sleeve is the best choice? Well, that’s really up to you. The purpose of this review was really just to present the facts and let you decide for yourself.
Okay, internet, your turn. What other brands of card sleeves are available that I’ve missed? Let me know in the video's YouTube comments, or the Pair Of Dice Paradise website, FaceBook page, Google+ page or BoardGameGeek Guild.
So, until next time, thanks for watching an reading! I’ve been Chaz Marler, your Component Proponent.